What Is TMS Therapy?
TMS therapy is a breakthrough treatment for depression and other conditions that involves stimulating nerve cells in the brain with magnetic pulses. It is painless, non-invasive, and has proven clinically effective for some patients struggling with medication-resistant depression.
How Does TMS Therapy Work?
TMS works on the area of the brain (the frontal cortex) that is underactive in people with depression. Essentially, magnetic pulses stimulate and activate the frontal cortex and help people process and utilize the chemicals in the brain (namely, serotonin and dopamine) that create happiness, motivation, and excitement.
During a TMS session, patients wear a helmet-like device that contains magnetic technology. The device is activated for 20 minutes, and patients lie back in a chair and read, listen to music, or take a rest. This process is repeated each time the patient visits over the course of the treatment.
How to Get Started with TMS Therapy
TMS therapy follows a clinical treatment process that involves frequent patient visits (five times/week) that taper down over the course of a few months. While the time commitment can be substantial, the entire appointment takes only 30 minutes and can be done on your lunch break.
The first step to undergoing TMS therapy is to talk to your provider and see if you are a good candidate. Currently, the treatment is primarily used for individuals with medication-resistant depression—which means that a patient has tried two or more medications and still suffers from depression symptoms.
Bloom can help you determine if you fit the criteria for TMS therapy. A good place to start is with the screener below, requesting an appointment, or giving us a call.